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pop candy blogs about arcade fire at snl 12:58 p.m. We're told to remain in our seats after the credits roll for a "special event." That event turns out to be a bonus 20-minute performance by Arcade Fire for the cast and audience ...An employee tells me she can't remember any band doing anything like this after a show except for U2.
dudes, last night i went to this cocktail party-type event and there was a tiny little rock star with bombastic tendencies there. his hair has a history all unto itself. i would share more, but then this post would be even more boring than it already is his lyrics.
the kaiser chiefs are fun. the visual evidence above comes courtesy of photographer peter hill. (check out more of his excellent rock photos here.)
the new kaiser chiefs album yours truly, angry mob is out today in the u.k. [buy]. (it's not out in the u.s. until next month.)
loved and hated in britain for their lots-of-record-selling, anthemic, poppy, synth-rock sound, the kaiser chief boys do a few things we like: put on a good show, put on a fun show and put on a good, fun show. oh, and name themselves after a soccer team. huzzah! (we like that.) they have been amusing me greatly with some recent comments they have made reacting to criticism of their success from the little punks in the arctic monkeys and the view.
kaiser chief keyboardist nick "peanut" baines: "of course, you slag off someone who’s doing well because obviously you’re being a lot more outrageous in your comments aren’t you? you realise that it’s all one big game but unfortunately the bands that choose to slag us off are taking it far too seriously. it’d be better if they were writing better songs than us but they’re not so they can shut up...it amuses me because it’s so transparent, so see-through what they’re doing that you’re like ‘well i can see clearly what your doing, i know now that i’m not to believe a word you’re saying and we’ll get on with what we’re doing and you get back to packing shelves in supermarkets again.” (via).
drummer nick hodgson says: "ambition's a dirty word, but everyone's got it. i think the stupid thing is people pretend they don't have any ambitions because they think that's cooler. as soon as they sell a few records, they soon change their tune." (via).
you read this perhaps? arcade fire criticize u2, oasis, stones ... win butler says "i don't know if u2 started it, or the stones or oasis but a lot of bands think in terms of: 'i'm going to be the biggest band in the world. fuck all those bands who've got no ambition'. i think that's a total crock of shit.
"there's nothing less interesting to me than the idea of marketing the fuck out of something so people are forced to like it. some bands are just manipulating people to buy music. that's how 90 per cent of the record industry works! it's basically the same as selling a fucking toaster or a cruise package."
i think dude just compared u2 to a toaster!
great. as if my relationship with my toaster really *needed* to be changed forever. for the past 2 days, every time i'm in my kitchen i look over at my toaster and say "oh, baby, you are so hot right now."
i totally need to call mr. win butler from arcade fire on the neon bible hotline. (very cool marketing idea, by the way).
and if i couldn't get through on the phone, i'd hang out this weekend and try to sneak in to see mr. win butler and arcade fire when they guest on saturday night live! (again, great *marketing* son!)
and i definitely definitely totally would leave comments about my love for mr. win butler and arcade fire on the (gazillion) music blogs that incessantly market (shhhh) his really not bad music.
oh, and the must-see link below? it might or might not be related to the above faux-drama, but i do love this clip and it is totally definitely absolutely hotter than my toaster. see for yourself:
**must-see youtube**: u2 on snl, 2004, i will follow 2:20 mark, singer jumps off of the stage. 2:40 mark, singer gets in the camera's grill. 2:50 mark, oh, here comes the guitarist into the crowd. 3:05 mark, singer mounts audience member. 3:10 mark, singer's lap dance gets very good. 3:30 mark, singer hugs amy poehler. 3:46 mark, amy poehler makes me proud, starts crying. 3:55 mark, the drummer's reaction says it all ...
snippet mania. eric clapton was at this particular show, and beautiful day has the blind faith snippet, while vertigo gets the cream snippet. tried and true beatles and stones snippets also appear. the above songs are from an IEM "in ear monitor" recording which i would say is two hairs short of a soundboard and a bit wackier than a decent audience recording. it features a click track and some odd level adjustments on all the instruments. the guess is that this is bono's IEM feed. full show can be downloaded at u2 start or torrented at dime. (free registration and partial use of the left side of your brain required).
an nyc via texas band, calla at times has a sort of chill out, hypnotic, ambient rock vibe. swirling layered guitars. other beats. lots of atmosphere and texture. their new album strength in numbers includes the song bronson, which *almost* reaches for bombast. not quite. (thankfully).
a few years ago, calla made the random, yet awesome choice to include a cover of u2's promenade on their album scavengers [buy]. quite different from u2's brief and breathless version, calla's take is slower, and almost desire-less. but, for real, people. who covers promenade? who!? major props.
the super-awesome book list will never die. ever. the list loves itself more than life itself and it demanded to make its return on valentine's day. in part 5, our nyc blog peep bob f. from extrawack! recommends some of his favorite music-related books.
My fave rock book of all time is the Julian Cope (of The Teardrop Explodes) autobiography, Head-On, in which he chronicles his ascent from a nerd in Liverpool to global rock-star and subsequent nut-case. My favorite anecdote in the book actually has to do with a Teardrop show at The Ritz in NYC that I attended, where he flung himself down a flight of stairs backstage before the show in order to injure himself badly enough to cancel the show and enable him to leave the tour to be with his girlfriend.
I'm also a big fan of Motley Crue & Neil Strauss' The Dirt, which follows The Crue from their Sunset Strip origins, through varying hair heights, celebrity wives & divorces, addictions, a case of vehicular manslaughter, break-ups and reunions. Even if you are not of fan of that kind of music, the tales are so delicious and well-told that the book is a totally compelling guilty pleasure.
there are some cool (red) videos online with shaun white, chris rock, molly sims, charlie sheen, chester bennington (?) and the best one: kanye west. after the page loads, the videos can be found in the "spotlight" section.
saw midlake at bowery on friday. they were impressive. maybe one too many slow burners in the set, but overall, pretty glorious. at times 3 guys playing synth/keys. tim smith has this sweetly urgent voice. he totally harmonizes with everyone around him. even the guitars. and himself. it's pretty wack.
i know the cool kids like to compare midlake to fleetwood mac, but really? come on, people. midlake is way more proggy. plus, last time i checked, there are no criz-azy gypsy/witches in midlake. their stage set-up looks like a keyboard warehouse. for real. the whole band goes off into the atmosphere every now and then, but they always come back.
that camera-phone video is super-lame. in every possible way. it involves me a dingbat asking about the sound and dude asking said dingbat if she needs another beer.
one of midlake's openers was annie clark, aka st. vincent. up there on her own, she played keys, electric guitar and some stomping/distortion to create her own percussion. she rocks this weird combo of purity and total psycho-ness. sort of an amazing performer actually.
also, dude from entourage adrian grenier was there. this was confirmed by yetta. who went up to him. and confirmed it. (he is in a band. who knew?) plus, some dude apparently peed next to sufjan stevens. wow, a hipster boy's wet dream. yeah it is.
thanks to an anonymous person of tha internetz for the tip that the latest issue of rolling stone (maybe) refutes the bono to induct r.e.m. into the hall of fame rumor. see above: a nice little photo spread framed quite well with the johnny depp playing the u2 up on the left and the bono and the blair on the lower left and the vedder surfing on top of the ski bunnying james blunt on the facing page. very alice in wonderland. (the richie sambora shirtless on the beach, upper right? no comment.)
eddie vedder doesn't need one of those wussy longboards that other celebs use to catch a wave. the pearl jam leader, who in march will induct r.e.m. into the rock & roll hall of fame, rocks a pro's plank in hawaii.
keep in mind that also on these pages, rolling stone stretches the limits of rational thought by stating "u2 have begun work on their next album."
patti smith inducted by bruce springsteen r.e.m. inducted by bono van halen inducted by kid rock the ronettes inducted by beyonce grandmaster flash inducted by ll cool j and/or puffy
even though i can't see past the first two lines above, you just know that the drama at this event is going to be all about van halen and their never-ending catfights. plus, it seems that vh1 is not airing the show this year. who is? anyone know? do their camera-people know how to make little people look big? they better!
rumors, rumors, rumors and all that ...
related: watch this ! a minute-long youtube clip of the edge inducting the clash into the hall of fame in 2003. he even makes fun of sting. really.
bono: clean, articulate (and probably very cold) canoodler
fashion week breakdown: the bono accessorizes nicely with a scarf and a supermodel as he makes his way into the edun event last night in nyc.
ny post: eco friendly cabarets and other wackiness Who knew Fashion Week was going to become the Zooey Deschanel show? The indie ingenue opened the ethereal Erin Fetherston runway show by singing the old standard "Dream a Little Dream." Then she performed at a wildly original cabaret show for Bono's wife Ali Hewson's organic, fair-trade casual-wear label, Edun.
During the politically charged program (they sang about gasoline, climate change and avoiding the draft), The Citizens Band played and Rain Phoenix did a solo, while Ali canoodled with Bono up in the balcony.
ny times joins the (u2-tax) party Jeff Swystun, a global director at Interbrand, a brand consulting firm based in New York, said that “the Stones will always be credible because of a very simple proposition: we want to have a great party.” But U2, he said, “almost project themselves as a nonprofit, so the tax move doesn’t really fit with the brand values that they’re trying to communicate.”
Not so, says U2.
“U2 is a global business and it pays taxes globally,” said Mr. McGuinness, the band’s business manager, who, in an unusual arrangement, shares equally in the band’s earnings. “At least 95 percent of U2’s business — including record and ticket sales — takes place outside of Ireland and as a result the band pays many different kinds of taxes all over the world. U2 is fully compliant with all Irish tax laws.”
edun: cabaret act Edun, the socially conscious clothing brand founded by rock star Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, figured out a clever way to avoid the skinny model issue altogether this season: hire a cabaret group to present the collection. Fifteen women and men in the musical troupe Citizens Band — including Sarah Sophie Flicker, Rain Phoenix, and Zooey Deschanel — are lined up to model Edun’s new collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on Sunday night.
Ms. Hewson is expected at the event Sunday. But Bono is not, an Edun spokeswoman said.
there is a 27-page u2 article in the march issue of q magazine. it's for the most part a history-type-thing; stuff that everybody already knows. i mean, everybody who cares. but... there are 2 parts worth reading. check out the brian eno q&a page and the rick rubin page. they both have some very interesting things to say. (click images to enlarge):
the larry/bono page up there is pretty important, too, by the way. it's not superfluous. at all.
scans via the fansite bono online. the full article is scanned and posted there. (free registration required).
yeah, i don't know, guy, i mean my sunday night plans also happen to be TBA, but 9 p.m. on a sunday? wow that's kind of late for me. plus, there's that super bowl thing. so by TBA, i was thinking, i don't know, how about, maybe ... my couch ???
mega big video file of bono and edge on hbo is uploaded here it is 500+ megs, but if you haven't seen the "off the record" hbo talk show with bono, edge and dave stewart, which first aired last november, then obviously you need to DL this mofo right now. or else edge will start throwing down gang signs on you:
neil mccormick examines band reunions (specifically the police) "If there is something disheartening about pragmatism replacing idealism as the motivating force of our rock heroes, the simple fact is that reunions are good business, especially in a climate where middle-aged consumers spend more on music than young people ...
... When the Sex Pistols re-formed for a world tour in 1996, John Lydon made it clear that his band had buried their differences in filthy lucre. "We have found a common cause, and it's your money," he sneered. Life is long, and most musical careers are short. Bands often break up for ideological reasons at a time in life when they are not thinking about paying the mortgage, or putting children through college ...
Bands are curious things, the musical dynamic shaped by the personalities involved, and with age (and failing solo careers) it may become easier to recognise that. While his bandmates may be enthused by the possible profit margin, Sting certainly doesn't need the money. But he might be hankering after the challenge, perhaps even seeking out new musical inspiration.
During a backstage encounter with Bono at Live 8, it was reported that Sting asked the U2 singer: "When are you going to get rid of this band and be a proper artist?"